Tomato Basil Bruschetta Turkey Burgers
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This juicy turkey burger recipe can be cooked on the stove or on the grill. It’s easy to make and topped with the most delicious Tomato Basil Bruschetta for a healthy, flavorful meal!
Serve these burgers in lettuce wraps without the cheese to create a gluten free, paleo and whole 30 compliant meal! Without the buns, this turkey burger recipe is only 3 carbs per serving and perfect for those of the keto diet.
If you’ve ever been to the blog before, you know how much I love topping recipes with Tomato Basil Bruschetta!
Grilled Chicken Zoodle Bowls, yup I topped those with bruschetta & they’ve been shared over 130,000 times on Pinterest! Bruschetta Baked Brie, oh yes I did! Creamy brie, topped with flavorful balsamic bruschetta, yes please!
And once you try this Bruschetta Salmon recipe, you’ll never eat salmon any other way! Now for this turkey burger recipe topped with tomato basil bruschetta.
Turkey burgers get a bad rap for being dry and tasteless. But I can tell you that these turkey burgers are quite the opposite. They are so juicy and flavorful! I can guarantee you’ll be adding them to your regular grilling menu!
No grill? No problem! This turkey burger recipe can easily be cooked on the stove in a cast iron skillet, or heavy-bottomed pan.
This recipe is easy enough to make for a weeknight dinner, but also perfect for parties and BBQ’s. The bruschetta topping and turkey burgers can both easily be prepped ahead of time. When it’s party time, all you have to do is toss the burgers on the grill!
How to make Bruschetta Turkey Burgers
- Prepare the bruschetta. Combine chopped roma tomatoes, diced red onion and minced garlic in a medium bowl. Add fresh chopped basil, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. Stir everything together, then place in the refrigerator until ready to top the burgers.
- Prepare the turkey burger patties. In a large bowl, combine ground turkey, balsamic vinegar, crushed garlic, fresh chopped basil, salt and pepper. Form into four patties, approximately 1 inch thick.
- Quick Tip! I made 1/4 lb burgers in this recipe, if you’d rather have 1/2 lb burgers, you can make two patties instead of four. Or double the turkey burger ingredients to make four 1/2 lb burgers.
- Grill the burgers. Preheat the grill to medium. The grill temperature should be between 350°F and 400°F. Add the turkey burgers to the grill. Grill for 6-8 minutes per side.
- Finish the burgers. Three minutes before the turkey burgers are finished on the grill, place 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese on each burger. Place the buns on the grill for 2-3 minutes. Once the cheese has melted over the burgers, remove the burgers from the grill. Place the burgers on the buns and top each burger with 1/2 cup fresh bruschetta.
- Quick Tip! Use a meat thermometer to make sure the internal temperature of the turkey burger is 160°F before removing it from the grill.
How to make Turkey Burgers on the stove
If you don’t have an indoor or outdoor grill to make these burgers, you can easily prepare them on the stove. Heat a cast iron skillet or grill pan on the stove over medium high heat. Spray cooking spray, or brush olive oil, in the bottom of the skillet so the burgers don’t stick.
Place the turkey burgers in the skillet and cook the burgers for 6-8 minutes per side. Top with the cheese 3 minutes before removing the burgers from the skillet.
Once you remove the burgers from the skillet. Add the buns to the skillet and toast lightly, 1-2 minutes. Place the burgers on the buns and top with the bruschetta.
Are turkey burgers healthier than beef?
Quarter-pound turkey burgers, made with 90% lean ground turkey, contain 160 calories. They also contain 20 grams of protein and 11 grams of fat.
Quarter-pound turkey burgers, made with 99% extra lean ground turkey, contain 120 calories, 26 grams protein and 1.5 grams fat.
Quarter-pound beef burgers, made with 90% lean ground beef, contain 225 calories. They also contain 27 grams of protein and 12 grams of fat.
The extra lean turkey would be considered the healthiest option because it is lower in fat and calories. And also higher in protein. The downside is that without almost any fat, it loses a lot of it’s flavor.
It will also dry out faster when made into burgers. I wouldn’t recommend the extra lean ground turkey unless you’re on a very low calorie/low fat diet.
Lean ground turkey and lean ground beef are very similar in nutrition. The ground turkey is slightly lower in calories, fat and protein.
The flavor of a beef burger vs a turkey burger is very different. I love both and eat them each with different toppings. I love lots of cheddar cheese and bacon on top of a beef burger. But I feel the bruschetta topping pairs better with the flavor of ground turkey.
When using lean ground turkey and fresh toppings, it’s easy to make a healthy turkey burger recipe.
Are turkey burgers low carb?
Yes. Without the bun, this turkey burger recipe is only 3 carbs per serving. The burger can easily be eaten with a knife and fork, instead of on a bun. Or you can wrap it in a butter lettuce, romaine lettuce or iceberg lettuce leaf.
Also, served without the bun or the mozzarella cheese, this recipe is gluten free, dairy free, paleo and whole 30 compliant.
What goes good with turkey burgers?
- Potato Salad or Pasta Salad
- I love this Buffalo Potato Salad & this Bacon Tomato Avocado Pasta Salad!
- Grilled Veggies
- Grilled Stuffed Peppers – If you’re looking for a gluten free, low carb side, these mini stuffed peppers are perfect! Toss them on the grill with the burgers for a completely keto meal.
- Garlic Lemon Grilled Asparagus – another great healthy side dish, that’s also gluten free and low carb!
- Fries or Tots
- Philly Crab Fries – if you’ve ever been to Philly, you know about these fries! If you haven’t been, allow me to introduce you to these popular east coast fries!
- Sweet Potato Tots – people love these easy, gluten free, 3 ingredient baked tots!
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Bruschetta Turkey Burgers
- 1 lb lean ground turkey
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 3 cloves garlic, crushed
- ¼ cup fresh basil, chopped
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
- 4 hamburger buns
Tomato Basil Bruschetta
- 3 roma tomatoes
- ¼ cup red onion, diced
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 2 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp black pepper
Tomato Basil Bruschetta
- Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl. Place in the refrigerator until ready to top the burgers.
Bruschetta Turkey Burgers
- In a large bowl, combine the ground turkey, balsamic vinegar, crushed garlic, fresh basil, salt and pepper.
- Form into 4 patties.
- Heat the grill to medium.
- Add the turkey burgers to the grill and grill for 6-8 minutes per side.
- Three minutes before the turkey burgers are finished grilling, place ¼ cup of mozzarella cheese on each burger.
- Allow the cheese to melt onto the burgers.
- Place the hamburger buns on the grill to lightly toast.
- Remove the burgers and buns from the grill.
- Place the burgers on the buns, top each burger with ½ cup of fresh bruschetta.
- Always make sure the internal temperature of the burger is 160°F before removing it from the grill.
- If you don't have a grill, you can cook these burgers on the stove in a cast iron skillet over medium high heat, following the same instructions as if you were making them on the grill.
- Remove the bun to make this recipe gluten free and low carb. Without the bun, this recipe is 3 carbs per serving.
- Remove the bun and the mozzarella cheese to make this recipe whole 30 compliant and paleo friendly.
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